I'm looking at a site for a friend to see if I can tweak it for the purpose of bringing in some SE traffic. The site was launched just over a month ago.
The first thing I did was type in the domain name (lets call it example.com) and click the link showing 'find web pages from this site'.
The index page / home page was the only one showing. I realize that it can take a while for a site to be fully indexed, so I decided to send the spider simulator to example.com to take a look.
Then there are about 13 links to 'about us' 'contact us' 'store news' etc, and the spider simulator shows the links that it found to those pages as "http://home.php/?com=go&nid=Contact/" (the domain is missing). The simulator shows a 500 error code for those.
I brought this to the attention of the programmer, and he responded with this -- "the site loads content dynamically, so it has to be one page i.e. home.php and the subsequent content are variable conditionals added onto the home.php page."
Sure enough I go to the spider simulator again, add home.php to example.com, and now it lists the URLs properly with the domain name after the http://
That is one issue. Over the weekend it seems someone put a link up to example.com/home.php somewhere, but since it has the same content as the index page, I don't think that's a great idea in and of itself.
I'm not comfortable with a site that can't be spidered from the default / index page that most people will link to.
The other big issue with the site is that, when you navigate through to a product category, there are images that link to the individual product pages. I can send the sim spider to the product category URLs and sim spider returns this message.
"mysql_error(): supplied argument is not a valid MySQL-Link resource in /home/httpd/vhosts/example.com/httpdocs/phpFunctions_example_V1.php on line 166"
Can that type of link be spidered by Googlebot, and to a lesser extent the other bots out there?
It seems that there is wall after wall of defences within the site to prevent Googlebot from crawling it properly - would you folks agree with that assesment? I'm concerned that my findings might be met with some skepticism.
My concern is that I don't want to offer my services to put icing on the cake if the cake has serious issues that need resolving.
I welcome your thoughts and opinions!